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Rural Hospital Program

Making Connections – Creating Solutions

strengthening rural hospitals

The Rural Hospital Program is dedicated to serving rural hospitals throughout Arkansas.  Established in 1991, the Program’s purpose is to strengthen rural hospitals by sharing resources from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, University Hospital, and a wide variety of collaborative partnerships with other components of the University system. 

There is a conscious effort to build a positive relationship with each hospital in order to match their identified needs with services.  Joint planning, shared goal setting and ongoing assessment of results assure the effectiveness of the affiliation.

The following services and programs are some results of the Program's creative connections and solutions:

  • Revenue Integrity Specialist Team (RIST):  Online and on-site training is available for patient access personnel. 
  • Mini-Fellowships for Respiratory Therapists:  Respiratory Therapists in rural hospitals have the opportunity to complete observational shifts in multiple settings of their choice at University Hospital or Arkansas Children’s Hospital. 
  • Compliance Department:  Phone consultations or observation experiences are provided in the UAMS department upon request. Visits are customized to the needs of the rural hospital staff who would like additional assistance with coding and auditing issues.
  • Occupational Health and Safety:  A series of one-hour classes via the telehealth network covers topics selected by rural hospital staff, including Laboratory Safety, Bloodbourne Pathogens, Fire Safety, Radiation Safety, Back Safety, and Workstation Ergonomics.
  • Leadership Training for Nurse Managers:  This series is provided through a partnership with the ASU College of Nursing. Topics include: The Effective Leader, Team Building, Conflict Resolution, Critical Thinking, Crucial Conversations, Delegation and Time Management. 
  • Patient Safety Series:  The UAMS Director of Patient Safety presents the following topics: National Patient Safety Goals, Hospital Acquired Infections, and Patient Falls.
  • Medical Interpreter and Cultural Competency Training:  Training and Certification in Medical Interpreting for bi-lingual staff is available and can be completed on-site or via the telehealth network. Cultural Competency training is also available.
  • Hospital Board Training:  Professionals experienced in training high performance boards are available to provide onsite instruction to rural hospital boards.
  • Physician Placement Service:  The UAMS Physician Placement Service is currently working with over 40 community partners to recruit health care providers and enhance health care delivery in their service areas.